I see the looks as people pass by the bus or avoid eye contact when I ask “Could you make time to donate blood today?” I have wondered, how can I get people to understand the importance of blood donation. You may ask yourself, “What’s in it for me?” Well, nothing, really. Sometimes you might get a t-shirt, some decent snacks, and if you’re lucky, a movie ticket. But let’s be honest- those things aren’t THAT great. So why do people donate?
People donate blood because they understand that all it takes is a phone call, a knock on the door, or simply turning on the local news to completely change our lives and we are called to action. When that happens, people respond one of two ways: I wish I were eligible, or I wish I had donated when I was asked. Blood donation is about giving something extra that you have – anonymously – to a stranger in need. It’s knowing that when a community is called to action, you’ve already done your part on a regular basis to make sure that whatever the community needs- it’s there when they need it!
Next time you pass a center or walk by a bloodmobile ask yourself: have you done what you can for your community?
So what’s your story? Why do you donate? What’s in it for you. . .